Hey! Long time, no see. If you’ve been wondering why I dropped off the face of the earth, well that would be because I’ve got about one million things going on right now. One of those things was our hot water heater. It decided to die the day after Christmas leaving us without hot water for months! (Okay, actually four days) This might not seem like a reason to totally panic, but our hot water heater is located in my “junk room/office” so I had to move and pile of about 10 years worth of hoarding so the plumber could get into that room. Now, as you can imagine, I can’t find ANYTHING! There was a system to my disorganized mess and now it’s just mass chaos. I guess it’s finally time to get this room in order. One thing I have been wanting to make for this room was a vintage office sign. I know what you’re thinking. Why would she be making a sign when the room is in total disarray!? Well, that would be because I’m a master procrastinator.
Step one was to find the perfect thrift store frame to re-purpose into my sign.
I picked out this frame because it had a chunky vintage vibe to it. The lady at check out was in love with it and kept telling me how beautiful it was. I didn’t have the heart to tell her I was going to take a hammer to the glass and picture and paint it black.
I pulled the glass and picture out of the frame and trashed them. Next, I cut a scrap piece of plywood to fit the back side of my frame. I wanted my sign to sit behind the frame, not fit into the frame. Kind of like a shadow box.
To achieve a nice vintage look, I painted the frame black and dabbed on a bit of grey and brown craft paint to give it an aged appearance.
You can easily make a template for your sign by printing off the words in the size and font of your choice.
As you can see, I painted my board with white craft paint and then transferred the words onto the board with carbon paper.
I used a small paint brush and black paint to fill in my letters.
Because my sign was looking a little too new, I decided to distress it with sandpaper.
Once the sign was complete, I hot glued the board onto the frame and added a chain to allow for hanging. My chain started out way too shiny and new, so I hit it with a little black and white spray paint to give it an aged look.
After the glue dries, your sign will be ready to hang.
I’m going for a vintage/industrial/military look for my office, in case you couldn’t tell. I think the sign fits in just perfectly! The turquoise walls will soon be getting a new coat of military grey. It’s going to be fabulous!
My daughter asked “mom, why do we need an office sign when everyone in our family knows where the office is?” Well… we just do, okay!
I’m still totally in love with these industrial tin can planters. You can find the full tutorial here.
Maybe one of these days I’ll have my office cleaned up enough to show the entire thing instead of bits and pieces, but for now bits and pieces is all you’re going to get. Actually, maybe my mess fits right in with my military theme… I can just tell everyone a bomb went off!